Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Sylvester Presents PurpleStride Miami on February 27


PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than 56 PurpleStride events, including PurpleStride Miami presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which this year will be held on Saturday, February 27, at Doral Central Park, 3000 N.W. 87th Avenue.

More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

Sylvester Director Delivers Keynote Address at First Annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium


Doctors and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently participated in the first annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium, January 19 and 20 in Miami. More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus for two days of presentations.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., students Daphne Papathomas and Joshua Kronenfeld, Arthur Hertz, Jeri Wolfson, students Angelica Melillo Knickerbocker, Roy Elias and Ashley Taggart, Raysa Christodoulou, Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., Janet Konefal, Ph.D., and Ali Habashi.

Wolfson Foundation Gifts Inspire and Challenge Medical Students


The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation continues to focus on saving lives by supporting Miller School of Medicine students who provide health care to the underserved while gaining valuable learning experiences. Recently, checks representing a total of $609,000 in funding were presented to the Miller School of Medicine by Jeri Wolfson and Arthur Hertz, trustees of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.

DCC riders leaving the starting gate. Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Cancer Challenge Unites South Florida in Support of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


With tears in her eyes, Yatta Estelle Bright stood at the finish line of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Saturday, February 20, waiting for her friends to complete the 5K run/walk.“I lost my husband Etienne to brain cancer just a few months ago,” said Bright. “The doctors and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center were wonderful, and I want to tell them how much that support meant to both of us.

DCC riders cross the finish line.

The DCC is Almost Here — Preparing for Your Ride or Run


You’ve signed up, you’ve logged the training hours, and the big day — February 20 — is right around the corner! Taking on the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) to raise critical funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center can be both an exciting and challenging experience. Here are a few tips about how best to prepare for the big day.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Patients Treated at Elite Group of Academic Cancer Centers Have Higher Survival Rates


A recent study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that patients treated at cancer centers that are part of an elite group of academic cancer research centers have a 10 percent lower chance of dying in the first year after diagnosis than those treated at community hospitals.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., left, examines Miami International Airport employee Christina Naser.

Sylvester Honors World Cancer Day with Cancer Screenings at Miami International Airport


In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Miami International Airport (MIA) hosted free head and neck cancer screenings and consultations for more than 85 airport employees. Sylvester doctors, nurses and residents were inside MIA’s North Terminal to conduct the screenings and educate MIA employees about head and neck cancers.

Pierre-Jacques Hamard, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Fights Cancer in the Lab and at the DCC


“Being a cancer researcher is not only a job, it’s also a commitment to patients and the community,” said Pierre-Jacques Hamard, Ph.D., an associate scientist in the laboratory of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. “That is why I am doing the 5k run at this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge.”

Mingjiang Xu, M.D., Ph.D.

New Study Highlights Role of TET Proteins in Blood Cancers


Some proteins drive the cellular overgrowth that leads to cancer, while others act as cancer suppressors. TET1 and TET2 do both. Research led by scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has uncovered the role these proteins play in cancer development, potentially leading to new treatments.

Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., left, and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D.

Senate Taps Two Faculty for Top Honors


Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., a renowned colorectal surgeon at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on liver diseases, have been unanimously selected by the Faculty Senate to receive two of its most prestigious awards, the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Every year, DCC participants raise millions for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

10 Steps to Boost Your DCC Fundraising


An important part of participating in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge on Saturday, February 20, is raising vital funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Remember that every penny raised by riders, walkers, runners and virtual participants goes to Sylvester, and that’s what the DCC is all about! With two and a half weeks to go, now is your time to give your fundraising efforts one last push.